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Regulator seeks to enhance REIT competitiveness in HK

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is set to introduce new measures to facilitate mergers and acquisitions of real estate investment trusts (REITs). SFC executive director Christina Choi Fung-yee said that the measures are expected to be submitted to the Legislative Council next year. Choi said the watchdog is very keen to promote the development of REITs in Hong Kong and intends to turn the city into the most dynamic of REIT market in the Asia Pacific region. The regulator needs to maintain a transparent regulatory framework and rules were amended two years ago to increase investment flexibility and enhance the competitiveness of REITs in Hong Kong. The size of Hong Kong's REIT market has reportedly grown sevenfold since 2005.


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